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Sir George Clausen RA RSW RWS HRBA RI ROI NEAC (1852-1944)


Sir George Clausen, RA RSW RWS HRBA RI ROI NEAC (1852-1944)

George Clausen absorbed a range of Continental influences to become a significant plein-air artist of scenes of rural life in oil, watercolour and pastel. The striking, sometime stark naturalism that he learned from Bastien-Lepage and Millet gave way to a light-filled, atmospheric Impressionism. While promoting new developments in painting as a leading member of the New English Art Club, he was eventually accepted by more established societies of artists, including the Royal Academy, becoming a notable Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools. In addition to his distinctive landscapes – both with and without figures – he essayed portraits, nudes, interiors and still life compositions, and produced occasional, but significant murals, one of which was recognised with a knighthood.

George Clausen was born at 8 William Street, Regent’s Park, London, on 18 April 1852, the second of five children of the Danish decorative painter, Jurgen (George) Johnson Clausen, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Fillan).

On leaving St Mark’s School, King’s Road, Chelsea, in 1867, Clausen became an apprentice in the drawing office of Messrs 176 Trollope & Sons, a leading firm of decorators. While there, he also took drawing lessons with John Leghorn, which prepared him for a course of evening classes, on a two-year scholarship, at the National Art Training School, South Kensington.

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